Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Case Matthew Hogan

There is a child I know who means the world to me.
I think of him all the time.
I know in my heart that God works all things for the good of those who love him... but my mind can't seem to comprehend how a little boy having a disease that will make him suffer until he dies prematurely benefits anyone. I don't understand. I wish I did, but I don't.

The doctors have told Melissa that there won't be a cure found in Case's lifetime. I choose to hope otherwise. Because hope is a good thing. One of the best things. And no good thing ever dies.

Here's to the Hogans, and to that sweet baby Case.

I love you guys.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lydia Dawn Steele

You know those special people who don't know how special they are?

Lydia is one of those people.

Lydia Dawn Steele is the only person I know who has dealt with so much in under 20 years and still managed to make something of her life. She has lived abroad twice and is in college, an RA, she has been on SGA, she's a straight A student and she works two jobs. She's responsible and loving, and she isn't naive, which is rare in such a sheltered environment as Bryan.

She is lovely and a perfect balance for me. She keeps me sharp, motivated, and content. I am so thankful for my roommate.

If you happen to cross paths with this wonderful woman, tell her how amazing she is.

PS- Sarah Jo Wood is awesome too. I miss our room. 420!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stephen McGee

I already miss you, and you haven't even left yet.

Stephen McGee is a superstar in the making. He is truly an inspiration because when he sets his sights on something he doesn't give up. I wish I had the courage to do some of the things he's done. I wish I had the strength to go through what he has and keep going.

Stephen, you bring light into my life even when you're not around. I hope you know how much you are loved. I don't know how much you feel it in New York, but there are people here who absolutely love you and won't stop.

Thanks for being you.

Because you are amazing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


SSTOP stands for Students Stopping the Trafficking of People.

This weekend Bryan held a conference all about this terrible issue that is plaguing our world today. Some estimates claim that 27 million people are being trafficked worldwide. It is modern day slavery and people aren't talking about it.

I just thought I would share one of the stories from the Trafficking in Persons Report for 2010.

"In 1991, a 6-year-old boy was working part-time as a house boy for a fisheries officer. The officer was reassigned to a different region and promised the boy an education if he accompanied him. But instead of being enrolled in school, the boy was forced to tend cattle and serve as the homestead's security guard. The officer changed the boy's name to Charles and over time,the boy forgot his native language. Charles, now 26, still works for the fisheries officer but has never received payment and relies on the officer for everything. When Charles requested a piece of land to build a house so he could marry, the man instead forced him to work as a fisherman and turn over the profits. With the help of a local anti-trafficking committee, Charles moved into a rented room in a nearby town but continues to abused by his trafficker. Charles does not know who or where his family is." 
This is a story out of Kenya, Africa. There are many more like it from places all over the world. 

Pray for these victims, because what is happening to them is a tragedy.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

First Real Blog- Most Memorable Memories of Last Month

Life is full of rich experiences. I struggle to remember this myself. No matter how dull the day to day seems at the time, when I take a step back I begin to realize life is anything but dull.

So I decided to look back over the month of October. What did I do with myself? Well...

Saturday, October 2- The first weekend of October my older brother Kyle came to Bryan to visit me. He arrived Saturday night and left Monday morning. We enjoyed a bonfire, Bimbo's, Calvary Chapel (my church here in Chattanooga), lunch at Olive Garden, tennis, and Twister (the movie). We had planned on going to see the movie Devil, but it just wasn't worth it in the end. But we had a lot of fun. What more can you ask for in a weekend?

Friday, October 8- I had breakfast with Amanda Lauren Young, a good friend that I have not gotten to spend a lot of time with. It was something we did on a whim, but it turned out to be totally worth it. We had a great time. This Friday also marked the beginning of Fall Break.

Thursday, October 14- I went to Case's infusion with Melissa. He was really happy that I came to his treatment, and so was I. We watched The Princess Bride until he fell asleep, and I had a great talk with Melissa. It was good to catch up with such a good friend that I don't get to see as much as I used to. I miss the Hogans and their boys. 

(For those who don't know about Case and his condition, please check it out here at: http://www.savingcase.com)

Saturday, October 23- I went to Oktoberfest in Chattanooga with Micah and Erika. It was glorious. There was a bounty of awesome food, including brauts and sauerkraut and pretzels. I also had some of the best lemonade I've ever had there. Then there was a free concert sponsored by 96.5 The Mountain- the bands included Ready Set, Runner Runner, and Shontelle. Shontelle was definitely the highlight. We were right at the front. She sang right into my camera and touched Micah's hand! Celebrity encounter of epic proportions!! 

Sunday, October 24- I tried to go to the first Chamber's concert up on Dayton Mountain. Oh how Google Maps betrayed me! I was lost for an hour. Never made it to the church. It was a nice drive though, the fall colors were beautiful and if I hadn't been so stressed about never finding my way I would have really enjoyed it. 
Wednesday, October 27- Day of Prayer. Bryan College gives students one day off a semester to just pray. Usually we end up spending that time doing something awesome like hiking or going to see a movie. This year I organized for 16 people to go see my favorite movie in the dollar theater: Inception. (I am going to have to blog about this movie at some point, I just love it so much.) 

Sunday, October 31- Halloween. It was a fun packed day from start to finish. We (Me, Micah, Erika, Erin, Lydia, Vincent, Sammy and EB) went to Calvary as usual and then went to Genghis Grill in Chattanooga afterward for EB's birthday. I had never been, and at first the task of basically preparing my own meal was daunting, but I loved it! Then we walked around Chatty and took pictures and got ice cream. Then Erika and Micah and I went on to Target to get me some fingerless gloves for my costume (I was the Black Widow). That night I went to my first Halloween party. Good times all around.

Not a bad month over all. We'll see how November goes.

What if?

Okay, here it goes.

I don't know if I can sustain this habit. I don't know if I have anything worth saying that should go into this blog. I haven't really worked out exactly how I want this to work, but I know for a fact that the internet is a great forum for grand scale communication. So here I am, blogging.

Today Shaun Groves spoke in my Interpersonal Communication class. He is a good speaker and had some interesting things to say about the internet and, yes, blogging. He is really into blogging himself and it seems to be going pretty well for him. I got to thinking as he was talking about what he does with it about how much time I waist on the internet accomplishing nothing whatsoever. I mean, as fun as it is to watch random YouTube videos for hours... let's be real, it doesn't really enrich my life.

So I started wondering what would happen if I really applied myself to an enriching online experience- one with actual purpose. I have done a truly poor job of maintaining my YouTube channel, and I don't really involve myself on Facebook in an effective way either. So what if when I got on the internet I actually contributed? What if I started blogging twice a week about things that matter to me and might even matter to others? What if I decided I would actually make at least one video a week?

What if?

So here is the start of my "What if?" experiment. Maybe this will go somewhere, maybe it won't. But this is day one of a new experience that I'm hoping I can share with a lot of people. Hopefully people from all different walks of life.

Will you join me on this journey?

I will be blogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays for as long as I can keep it up. I'll maybe even throw in Saturday blogging on occasion.

Well, all my love. See you Thursday.

PS- here's a link to Shawn Groves blog: http://www.shaungroves.com/